Down in the Indian Ocean, cricket turned out to be the great unifier and Archana Masih, only an intermittent fan, became its ambassador of sorts. 'Your IPL is good. Our Malinga plays for the Mumbai Indians.' 'Sad you couldn't make the World Cup final. Dhoni is your captain cool.' Inside the Tea Breeze cafe in Galle, the lad at the counter changes the channel to one showing the IPL as soon as we settle in; while by the emerald waters of the Unuwatuna beach, the cafe owner speaks about Kohli as ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, who passed into the ages on Monday, had spoken to Rediff.com in 2008. We republish the feature. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam kindly answered Archana Masih and Saisuresh Sivaswamy's questions for an exclusive interview with rediff.com: What are the top most recent achievements that India has reason to be proud of? The Indian economy is in an ascent phase. Particularly, our economy is growing at 8 to 9 per cent per annum ...Rediff.com, 6 days ago
A fortnight after he became the face of the Indian soldier in the Kargil war, on July 8, 1999, Vikram Batra died. He was mortally wounded after fighting through the night while recapturing Peak 4875. He was ill, but had insisted that he was fit for the mission and completed it in a manner that put him alongside some of India's greatest military heroes. Eleven years ago, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Kargil war, Rediff.com's Archana Masih and photographer Seema Pant traveled to Palampur ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
His tentatively titled book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics, will be published next year. Dr Vaishnav, who visits India every 3, 4 months, finished three years as an associate at the Carnegie Endowment, which will launch its ...Carnegie Endowment, 1 week ago
'When he first came to office, my belief is that the PM's reading of the landscape was that, with a vanquished Congress and fragmented Opposition, he was looking at least at two terms in office. This reading perhaps allows for a more cautious, gradual approach.' 'It was only a matter of time before the government was forced to come face-to-face with a serious corruption scandal. This is not a commentary on the BJP, but a statement about India's political economy.' 'There is growing concern ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago Modi Is Taking a Big Risk Carnegie Endowment, 2 weeks ago
'Will 'Make in India' be able to harness the demographic dividend so it does not become a disaster?' 'Will 'Digital India' live up to the lofty promises the government and private sector made as part of its recent launch?' An associate with the South Asia Progamme at the international think-tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, Dr Milan Vaishnav's research focuses on corruption, governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behaviour in India.Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Image: Uttarakhand's Valley of Flowers. Photograph: Araghu/Wikimedia Commons Hotels, airlines offer discounts to attract customers during lean season; attractions include treks, nature trails, spa and wellness packages If you are the kind who likes to avoid travelling during monsoons, it's time to re-think your holiday plans. A monsoon holiday can be cheaper because of discounts on air tickets and hotel packages. And with fewer tourists around, you can be sure of enjoying a leisurely ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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